Hot on the trail of our last blistering release by Logan D & Dominator, Low Down Deep proudly presents the 4th installment of the soon-to-be- legendary ‘City Series’.
Opening the EP is ‘Rumble’ by Dominator & Logan D. With successful, cinematically-epic collaborations like ‘Education’ ‘Jump’ & ‘Giant Killa Bees’ already under their belts, the duo returns and returns in full force! ‘Rumble’ is quite simply put, absolutely animated from start to finish. The intro samples Pharoahe Monch’s Hip Hop classic, ‘Simon Says’ as well as Boxing announcer, Michael Buffer’s iconic ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rumble’ hypephrase. Short but sweet, its earsplitting hi-hat and rising filtered beats will have you ready to explode with energy by the time the tune actually drops. But it’s not just all about the intro, the bassline is simply MASSIVE. It hits you both in your chest and deep in your gut whilst also teasing the synapses of your mind with delight. This one really is a mental treat and will tickle the intellect of any and all bassheadz out there with its monumental bassline, fiery drums, and the meticulously-arranged percussion workout that seems to know no boundaries.
Next up, Jaydan hits us with what “All Crew’, the surreal intro boasts a crunchy, smooth kick, a crispy hi-hat and some mystical keys reminiscent of your favourite fantasy flick. As you’ll soon find out, this was actually Jaydan using his ninja-like deception skills to make the towering bass-infused that much more effective when it drops. As you would undoubtedly expect from Jaydan, tasty, exquisitely eq’d beats and basses do their thing for no more than 32 bars before he somehow manages to allow the tune to descend even deeper into the depths with a refreshed kit of basses and arrangements. You can cut the man’s originality with a knife. All crew, hold on tight, this one is here to do some serious damage & devastation.
Smoothing out the outright mayhem caused by the first two tunes is the decisively steady ‘Locked On’ by Voltage. Are you struggling to feel the beat tonight at a rave near you? Dance moves feel a bit stiff and sluggish? Not after your favourite DJ drops this one! By the way, if you’re a fan of his recently-released ‘Toronto EP’ on Low Down Deep, you’ll no doubt like what he’s got going here. Classic Drum & Bass influence meets modern day technology via Voltage’s very own flavour. The snare has a nice ruff, wispy feel and the percussion is deliciously complex without overdoing it. The warm, bubbly bassline is both incredibly colossal as well as soothing and un-intimidating. Add to that how Voltage has used his arrangements, crush filters, and FX to create as deep a journey in just over 4 minutes as the classics used to in around 6, and well, we think the man is a legend in the making.
The album’s interlude didn’t last long….in comes Ruffstuff with sirens, FX, and Jump Up trickery to reinstate the underlying identity of the album. ‘Duck n Dive’ is some of his finest work, and we’re left asking ourselves if he’s humbly decided to remind us what he’s got in store for the future. Some rumbling bass stabs, energetic arrangements, an immeasurably thick hi-hat, and purposefully placed break downs are just a few of the things that make this tune a rave executioner.
Lastly, Origin delivers quite possibly the sickest 16 bar intro ever crafted in all of Drum N Bass. That’s just an opinion of course, but saying we were blown away upon first hearing this is an understatement. It’s as though you’re listening to some sort of supreme alien being pump its lungs as it blasts cosmic breath strong enough to re-arrange a galaxy. Add to that some sort of twisted flute-sounding instrument and some cleverly crafted FX, and you’ve got yourself an intro that is overwhelmingly immersive. The tune proceeds to cause all out dancefloor damage as it reveals its true identity as stepper, here to make you do one thing and one thing only, move your body around. The universe of beats, FX, percussion, bass, and atmospheres that make up this piece of work are all crafted in a professional and pristine manner that, like the rest of EP, is really quite impressive.